Vogelsong Deal Final, Winter Meetings Notes

By Eric Nathanson

Aug 9, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher

Ryan Vogelsong

(32) uses a towel in the dugout during the fourth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at AT

Yesterday brought the news that Ryan Vogelsong’s 1 year contract was finalized. He gets a $5 million base salary with many incentives built-in that can bring that number up to $6.5 million. It was a splash of news for Giants fans during the already busy offseason around baseball.

According to Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area, Vogelsong will be in the rotation.

It sounds like the Giants starting pitching rotation is set. Remove Barry Zito, insert Tim Hudson and the Giants seem ready for 2014. We’ll have to see if someone like Yusmeiro Petit has a huge spring and challenges Voglesong. I don’t know how long the leash is, but I am sure that Vogey needs to get off to a fast start in 2014.

Giants fans now turn their eyes toward left field. The team has already spent money this offseason re-signing their own players and adding Tim Hudson. It doesn’t look like there will be any splashy free agent news for the Giants this offseason. Anything else that happens is going to have to be via trade.

The MLB winter meetings get started next week in Orlando. They start Monday December 9th and wrap up on Thursday December 12th with the Rule 5 Draft. The Giants would have to make room on the 40 man roster if they are thinking of adding someone. If the team is to address any more needs, look for it to happen there. There has been all sorts of talk and speculation about who the Giants could potentially be trade partners with and those connections will be made in Orlando. So if you’re still waiting on that left fielder, next week may be that window for the Giants to get somebody.